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Hey guys, can anyone please help with the following question :

"The role of individuals was a major factor in developing new treatments from the medieval period until the nineteenth century."
How far do you agree?

I'm struggling to think of evidence for individuals, let alone other factors, any help will be greatly appreciated!
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I personally can't think of major treatments at all in that period, well, unless it's like rubbing a chicken on your buboes
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Perhaps Sydenham? But he only popularised some treatments
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renaissance:
Andreas Vesalius made study of anatomy more acceptable and fashionable
William Harvey and discovery of blood circulation- limited impact however as he was criticised and little practice use at that time
Thomas Sydenham- closely observed symptoms and dissected bodies- laid foundations for a more scientific approach
18th/19th century
louis Pasteur- germ theory 1861-medical breakthrough
Robert koch- father of bacteriology- followed up pasteurs ideas
Florence nightingale- helped in Crimean war- hospital design, national reputation, national hero, decreased mortality rate from 40%-2%
Edward jenner- development of vaccination with cowpox and small pox
joseph lister- carbolic acid and new sceptic techniques
john snow and cholera epidemic- government intervention and no more laissez faire


obvs these r just rough notes u need to add more detail and stuff

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Hey guys, can anyone please help with the following question :

"The role of individuals was a major factor in developing new treatments from the medieval period until the nineteenth century."
How far do you agree?

I'm struggling to think of evidence for individuals, let alone other factors, any help will be greatly appreciated!
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other factors
government intervention
changes in attitures
tenhnology
transmission of ideas ie printing press and royal society
cant think of anymore
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Hey guys, can anyone please help with the following question :

"The role of individuals was a major factor in developing new treatments from the medieval period until the nineteenth century."
How far do you agree?

I'm struggling to think of evidence for individuals, let alone other factors, any help will be greatly appreciated!
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Thanks a tonne
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Some of the early medical treatments you could mention are trepanning, bloodletting, cauterisation and horoscopes. You could write about how the work of Pare on treating wounds (which you could alternatively argue was down to luck/war) and the work of Vesalius and William Harvey, who helped gradually overturn Galen's beliefs and how this changed medical treatments, especially those based on his theory of the Four Humours, like bloodletting, (although you could argue that Harvey's explanation of blood circulation didn't have a direct effect on medical treatments until 1901 when the first blood transfusion was performed). John Hunter also advocated for the use of the scientific method in the treatment of disease and left an impression on his student Edward Jenner, who developed the first vaccinations just before the turn of the 19th century.
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